Therian (The Bloody Crescent, #1) by Roxanne Kade
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I received this book from Read 2 Review.
This is an older young adult paranormal romance novel. POV is college aged.
All Amberlyn Darksky has ever wanted is to be normal. But what if normal is everything supernatural and legendary?
Amber has never been ordinary. She has a gift, the ability to see memories through simple touch, and for her it’s a curse. Especially when she has to relive her mother’s death, the night she was born, through her father’s eyes. Leading a sheltered life for years under his constant watch has her yearning for freedom and her acceptance into Cyprus Falls University gives her just that.
She is immediately plunged into a world of true love, heart ache, seduction and horror. With a deepening affection for Tayelon Cree, whose sparkling hazel eyes leave her breathless, and the undeniable allure of Lucard Colbaine, who seems to be immune to her gift, can she accept what either of them represent in her life? And what about the steely eyed vampire who invades her dreams? When the blackouts and nightmares begin, Amber fears the pain that rips into her soul and threatens to destroy her. Before long she is faced with the truth of her destiny, as well as the devastating secrets that surround the people she holds dearest; dark secrets that will truly change the course of her very existence. Amber doesn’t know if she has the strength to accept the hand fate has dealt her. She will have to fight as hard as possible to remain human while the beasts inside her rage to take over.
Overall, I really liked this book. One very positive thing about this story is that the setting of the book is college life. This is the gap that is missing in current market place. There just aren’t that many book that surround college life.
I do feel conflicted over this book, though. I really liked all the characters and felt they were believable for the most part. However, I found some of the situations and choices to be unbelievable at times.
Tayelon is the leading quarterback on the football team, yet he’s only date one girl and that was in his freshman year. Even if I could buy that, I would expect girls would be circling him. I didn’t get that sense. There were other things surrounding his character that just didn’t ring true but not enough for me not to enjoy the book.
But with that said, I never once felt forced to read it. I wanted to read it and did it straight through. I enjoyed the book despite the few flaws. I find myself thinking about the characters and wanting the sequel now. The cliffhanger is making me crazy wondering what’s going to happen next. I can’t wait to read more about Lucard and Lynke, but I’m a big fan of their species. Don’t get me wrong, I love Taye too!
So, I would recommend to paranormal romance readers!
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